Anti-terror checks a new Brexit threat for UK hauliers

Tunbridge Wells, UK: The requirement for hauliers entering the EU to have security certificates could result in further chaos under a no-deal Brexit, warns the Freight Transport Association.

All British operators will be required to have counter-terrorism safety security certificates to enter the EU in the event of no deal.

The rule was introduced after the 9/11 attack on New York’s twin towers but only applies to third country freight entering the EU. But if the UK crashes out of the bloc it will be classified as a third country like Ukraine or China and all freight operators will be required to fill out a 38-point safety and security form.

It appears that Irish hauliers using the UK as a land bridge to the continent would also have to comply. A certificates is needed for every consignment and required hours before transit, fuelling fears that trucks could face delays not just because of customs and public health checks but also safety

James Hookham, the deputy chief executive of the Freight Transport Association, said it was a serious issue particularly because the certificates were required for each consignment in a truck, affecting small- to medium-sized businesses which have multiple pickups before they head to the continent.

“It is not fiscal like customs and tariffs, but it is more serious for ferries and Eurotunnel because it involves security issues because the vessel or train could be endangered if there is a truck without the security certificate on it,” he said.

Hauliers could face fines of up to £1,000 if they do not have a similar clearance certificate on their return to the UK.

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